Pallacanestro Virtus Roma
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|Pallacanestro Virtus Roma|
|History||Pallacanestro Virtus Roma
|Arena||Palazzetto dello Sport
|Team colors||Red, Yellow, Blue
|Head coach||Marco Calvani|
Pallacanestro Virtus Roma, also known for sponsorship reasons as Acea Virtus Roma, is a prominent Italian League professional basketball club. The club was founded in 1960. It was one of 13 European clubs that held Euroleague Basketball Company A Licenses, which provide their holders with a guaranteed place in the Euroleague, but they lost their license in 2012. For past club sponsorship names, see the list below.
Well-known players who have played with the club have included: George Gervin, Michael Cooper, Anthony Parker, Dino Rađa, Carlton Myers, Brian Shaw, Rick Mahorn, Danny Ferry, Gregor Fučka, Larry Wright, Luigi Datome, Brandon Jennings, and Dejan Bodiroga, who became the team's GM after his retirement from playing.
The club was originally founded only a few hundred yards from St. Peter's Square, as the result of the merger of two existing Roman sides in the lower divisions; San Saba and Gruppo Borgo Cavalleggeri, taking the name Virtus Aurelia. Only a short while after its foundation, the name was changed into the final and current Pallacanestro Virtus Roma.
The immediately following years saw the military-style training in small groups, practicing outside under the arches of Porta Cavalry. The situation changed in the early seventies when in 1972 Polidori entered into negotiations between the president and some officials of the Banco di Roma, sponsor of the training works committee, which took part in sports sponsorship. Being involved with sponsorship of the team, which at that time still hobbled in series C, ambitious bank executives who were seeking greater visibility, then aimed at the direct acquisition of Virtus Roma basketball operations. The colors were set as blue, yellow and red.
Today, the team can play its home games in the Italian League at the Palatiziano, which seats 3,500 spectators or at the PalaLottomatica, which seats 11,200. For Euroleague games, the team must play at the PalaLottomatica.
Pallacanestro Virtus Roma roster
|C||Gani Lawal||Péter Lóránt|
|PF||Olek Czyż||Alessandro Tonolli|
|SF||Gigi Datome||Bobby Jones|
|SG||Phil Goss||Ade Dagunduro|
|PG||Jordan Taylor||Lorenzo D'Ercole||Matteo Tambone|
Total titles: 6
Through the years, due to sponsorship deals, it has been also known as:
- Banco Roma (1971–88)
- Phonola Roma (1988–89)
- Il Messaggero Roma (1989–92)
- Burghy Roma (1993–94)
- Teorematour Roma (1994–95)
- Nuova Tirrena Roma (1995–96)
- Telemarket Roma (1996–97)
- Calze Pompea Roma (1996–99)
- Adr Roma (1999–01)
- Würth Roma (2001–02)
- Lottomatica Roma (2002–2011)
- Acea Roma (2011–present)
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